Evening w/ Habib Koite & Bamada 14 Comments

I travel through time embracing an identity foreign to my thinking faculties
My soul however is not new to this place
I have been here before
This desert paradise where even the grains of sands tell a story
Strum the guitar
Pluck a kora string
Whisper sweet nothings my Mandinka king

Take me to the streets of Bamako
Camel trekking to Timbuktu
Lead me to a silent prayer in Djenné
Barefoot dancing with the Tuareg in Essakane

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N’Tesse by Bamada

Strike the balafon
“Anke dje, anke be” – Everyone gather together
Strike the djembe

The griot spins oral tales
He weaves me into a fabric of Malian existence
Hips oscillating to a talking drum
Head flings back, arms raised high, legs flaying back and forth
To a sounou dance – I’m in a trance

Rhythms of nostalgia
Caressing to calm my gooseflesh
Chants of an ancient kingdom
Engulfing me with euphoria
I’m set into vibration
The shaking, the rubbing, the scraping
Being made love to in sweet percussion.

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Massakè by Bamada

14 Responses to “Evening w/ Habib Koite & Bamada”

  1. 1 Hidaya

    Thank you Masinko Melody for bringing my all time favourite Malian musician Habib Koite, he is brilliant guitarist and one of the best musicians in Mali and Niger today…thanks again

  2. 2 tpeace

    beautiful! thank u masinko

  3. 3 Nolawi

    Excellent Music Masinko.. thanks for sharing!@

  4. 4 Addis Tunes

    Very serious stuff! Thanks for posting!!!!

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  5. 5 masinkomelody

    Thanks guys. He had an amazing concert. Mellow performance yet their presence is very powerful and engaging. I highly recommend the most recent album ‘Afriki’. Enjoy!

  6. 6 toothpick

    For the DC area folks:
    Habib Koite and Bamada will be at GW’s Lisner Auditorium on April 16, 2009.

  7. 7 tsedey

    beautiful. thanks mm

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